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    Department stores: Iconic Fortnum and Mason

    by rosata Updated Jan 5, 2013

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    This high class store opened in 1707.

    Fortnum and Mason have held a number of Royal Warrants to serve the royal households dating back over nearly 150 years.

    I enjoy to have a wander round this beautiful building and look at what is for sale and people watch the purchasers.

    What to buy: The food items are popular as gifts; lots of tins and jars of specialities such as biscuits and preserves.

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    Department stores: Fenwick

    by Fen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fashion heaven in London's chicest street, Fenwick of Bond Street is five floors of fashionable clothes and accessories for men and women, plus lingerie and home collections. The Beauty Hall is an oasis of top names, and the third floor houses a personal shopping suite and John Gustafson's beauty studio. Joe's Restaurant is on second floor, while Carluccio's in the basement is the perfect place to relax.

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    Department stores: Liberty

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Liberty is just right of centre

    Although I like Harrod's, I loved Liberty. This is a much more upscale. For you Americans, the comparison would be similar to comparing Bloomingdale's to Saks Fifth Avenue.
    Not being much of a clothing shopper by nature, I had never heard of Liberty before the mock Tudor facade caught my eye as I wandering around looking for record shops in the Regent Street shopping district. In I went and I was blown away.

    What to buy: The accessories for both men and women are great. A men's shirt caught my attention when I realized that it cost 70 pounds. A little over my budget. The perfume and cosmetic departments are suppose to be quite good too.

    What to pay: More than I could dream to afford at the time.

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    Department stores: Fortnum & Mason

    by kris-t Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fortnum & Mason, London

    Delicacies from around the world

    Opening hours Monday-Saturday 9:30-18:00,
    Closed Bank Holidays

    What to buy: British regional food
    specialists and department store.
    3 restaurants. Main entrance in Piccadilly

    Tea, chocolates and biscuits are very popular

    What to pay: More expensive than average

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    Department stores: You mean this isn't Wal-Mart?

    by spgood301 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Harrods of London, at Christmas time

    Noooooo, it's Harrods. This is the place to go when you get that craving for caviar.

    Actually, if you're on a budget, I would suggest you leave your wallet & credit cards at home when you come to Harrods. But come here anyway-it's a London must see. I do admit that I did some Christmas buying here, nothing too pricy but, when in London, you gotta get a little something at Harrods!

    As you'd expect, Harrod's gets very crowded at Christmas time, especially in prime hours.

    What to buy: Krispy Kreme donuts are about all I can afford.

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    Liberty of London: Blurred and washed out 50s style florals

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We went into Liberty while we were walking along Regent Street after a long day of sightseeing. I remembered Liberty prints for women's clothing (they now describe these as "blurred and washed out 50s style florals").

    We browsed in the furniture (Oriental rugs and lamps) and accessories section (handbags, scarves) and wandered around the store and looked at their fabrics until the store closed at 1900. Bob thought the fabric prices were also exorbitant. I hadn't intended to buy anything anyway and possibly the Harrods prices would have been worse

    What to buy: They have yard goods, antique furniture and men's and ladies clothing.

    What to pay: It was all above my pocketbook

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    Fortnum & Mason: Fortnum & Mason

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fortnum & Mason is a posh old department store, in a prime location on Piccadilly.

    It's main draw card is it's ground floor food hall, with delicacies from around the world.

    It is a great place to buy an edible souvenir to take back home to family and friends. It is a very popular place for christmas and easter gifts, and can get very crowded!

    There are 3 floor of general items - clothing, stationary etc etc, but everything sold here is top quality.

    Better bring your (husbands!) credit card.

    After an exhausting shop, why not pop up to the 4th floor for a traditional afternoon tea (see my must see/food tip for more info).

    What to buy: Their chocolates and biscuits are very popular.

    What to pay: more expensive than average

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    Liberty: Distinctive designs

    by unexplored Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in 1924, but founded in the 19th century by Arthur Lasenby Liberty, patron of the arts and expert in foreign silks. Two notable set-backs for the firm were cancellations of orders from Archduke Ferdinand when he was assassinated in 1914 and curtains that were no longer needed in the Tsar's St Petersburg palace a few years later.

    What to buy: The goods on sale in this distinctive and characterful store are largely based along the same lines as the Oriental, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts furniture, wallpaper, silver, jewellery and fabrics. There are particularly fine furniture and fashion accessory departments and an exotic bazaar in the basement.

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    Brent Cross: Fancy shopping under one roof ?

    by Imbi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A view of Brent X

    If you fancy a shopping under one roof then Brent Cross is the best place to go. You can find most of the branded items here on reasonable price. You could also avoid the horrendous rush of Oxford Street or Nights Bridge.

    What to buy: It is good place for family shopping.

    What to pay: Everything is reasonable.

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    Debenhams: Well known department store

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 11, 2010
    Debenhams at Oxford Street

    Debenhams is one of the best known British department stores. There are even branches in the Middle- and Far East.

    Business hours:
    Mo-Tu: 9.30Am - 8PM
    We: 10AM - 8PM
    Th: 9.30AM - 9PM
    Fr-Sa: 9.30AM 8PM
    Su: Noon - 6PM

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    Department stores: Westfield - Europe's biggest (for now;))

    by Durfun Updated Feb 20, 2009

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    The Shopping Centre, from Wood Lane tube station
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    This is a great new jumbo complex that threw it's doors open on 30th of October 2008.

    Beautiful architecture, marble, granite, glass, chandeliers, wide malls, etc.

    I only managed to visit it on 31st of Jan 2009, though it was so worth it :)

    Most stores, brands, goods that you are after can be found here. Clothes, shoes, luggage, outdoor gear, home furnishings, furniture, beauty parlours, books, toys, Boots, Waitrose, etc. It is so spacious, with tonnes of eateries, cafes, etc housed within.

    To be honest, I have not REALLY shopped since 2001 (my last splurge)! Clearly, it was time to update my wardrobe with some retail therapy.

    I visited many stores for the first time ever, though I'd heard of some (NOT ALL) of them. Boy, was I out of touch! BUT NO MORE!!!

    What to buy: Check out Hackett for a Mayfair look, or Massimo Dutti for similar chic. There's also Thomas Pink, Tom Wolfe, Ted Baker, House of Fraser, Reiss, Gap, Jaeger, Burberry, GANT, Next, Principles, Camper, Timberland, North Face, Kathmandu, Savage, Pull & Bear, Zara, H&M, M&S, Ugg, ... the list is endless.

    Also LV, Armani X, Lacoste, Bench, Bershka, Desigual, All saints, etc.

    Loads of kids' stores and maternity stores eg ELC, Mamas & Papas, The Entertainer, Build-A-Bear, Blooming Marvellous, Pumpkin Patch, RED5, GAME, Polarn O. Pyret

    Not to mention the many nice restaurants.

    What to pay: Anything you want, top watches & jewellery is here too!

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    Westfield Shopping Centre: A brand new place to shop

    by toonsarah Written Feb 17, 2009

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    Westfield Shopping Centre

    When a new shopping centre opened in west London last year Chris and I were keen to investigate. The Westfield Centre is a little out of the centre of town which maybe makes it not such an obvious destination for tourists, but for us it’s quite conveniently located and we found it a useful addition to our shopping options.

    The centre isn’t large compared with others in the UK such as Bluewater, Lakeside and the Metro Centre, but it’s the largest to be built in London itself. Shops here include Debenhams and House of Fraser department stores; fashion chains such as Dorothy Perkins, Gap, H & M, Monsoon and New Look, as well as some more upmarket high street names such as Coast, Hobbs, Jaegar, Karen Millen and Joseph; Foyles for books, HMV for music, Jessops for photography and very many more. There are also a large number of places to eat – not just the cheap and cheerful options normally to be found in shopping malls, but also some smarter restaurants, many of them located in a restaurant strip on the Southern Terrace. Shops are open until 9.00 or 10.00 PM but the restaurants stay open until midnight (11.00 PM on Sundays).

    Getting here is quite easy, and the centre has been designed to encourage greener travel with a new tube station, Wood Lane, opened especially to serve the centre, as well as its own bus station. There is also parking for 570 cycles. If you want to drive there is plenty of parking beneath the centre but unlike other similar places this is charged for – this and the heavy traffic in the area makes this the least attractive option. Although, returning to the green theme, if you drive an electric car you’ll find that you can charge it here while you shop.

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    Westfield: London's newest and trendiest mall

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jan 30, 2009

    Westfield Mall in west London, newly open in November 2008, is Europe's largest in-town shopping mall. The site that it occupies is so large that it is served by 4 tube stations! It is anchored by 4 department stores (M&S, House of Fraser, Next and Debenhams). The majority of retailers are fashion stores, including designer stores which are mostly located in a special wing of the mall called The Village. There is also one large bookstore (Foyles), two banks (NatWest and Halifax), two supermarkets (M&S and Waitrose), and a smattering of electronic shops. Dining options are quite good too, though the restaurants and cafes are very busy at weekends.

    What to buy: Clothes, clothes, clothes... mostly. Though you can get most things here.

    What to pay: A lot.

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    Department stores: Shoppers Paradise

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 22, 2008

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    London is famous and attractive for shoppers. From the boutiques of Bond Street to the teeming Oxford street fashion stores and vibrant street markets, there is always something to suit even the most discerning of shoppers. Pick up the perfect gift from a luxury department store like Fortnum & Mason and a while away spent an afternoon in the world famous halls of Harrods

    What to buy: Department stores - concentrated mainly on Oxford Street
    Brand stores/outlets - a large number of these stores are situated in the area around Regent Street.
    Designer shops - heavily populated on Old/New Bond Street and Sloane Street.
    Independent/smaller fashion shops and boutiques - located on the streets around Covent Garden.
    Traditional British/bespoke tailoring - centred around Piccadilly, particularly on Jermyn Street and Savile Row.
    Music shops - all of the capital's megastores have a presence in central London, although if you're looking for rare cuts, 12" and vinyl then Soho is probably the best place to head (as here you'll find a number of independent shops covering all music genres)
    Bookshops - while large bookstores such as Waterstone's and Borders are well represented all over London, other good bookshops (both large and small) are situated on both the Charing Cross Road and around Covent Garden.
    Jewellery - for expensive items head to New Bond Street. However, for the widest possible choice its worth travelling further afield to Hatton Garden (near Farringdon), which has a high concentration of long established jewellers offering a staggering array of pieces.

    (Text from the internet)

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    Fortnum and Mason: Everything for the Home

    by TexasDave Written Dec 12, 2008

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    In 1705 Hugh Mason had a small shop in St James’s Market and a spare room in his house. The Fortnum family had come to London from Oxford as high-class builders in the wake of the Great Fire, helping to establish the St James’s and Mayfair areas as the most fashionable in London. William climbed another rung by taking a post as footman in Queen Anne’s household - and the room at Mr Mason’s.

    The Royal Family’s insistence on having new candles every night meant a lot of half-used wax for an enterprising footman to sell on at a profit – so while the Queen’s wages paid the rent, William’s enlightened sideline melted down into enough to start a respectable business.

    Fast forward three hundred years later and they are a global company with branches all over the world.

    An oddity is Fortnum's bees, who live in beehives on the roof of the store. Several different types of honey can be bought

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